RALEIGH – CNN, regarded as ‘Fake News’ by many, is doing its part as a leader in Leftist media to hype up the May 16 massive teacher walkout.
The nationwide fight for more school funding has now swept North Carolina, where teachers are planning to skip school and confront lawmakers next week.
On May 16 — when the Legislature comes back in session — hundreds of schools will be closed to students while teachers join the March for Students and Rally for Respect in Raleigh.
Unlike similar protests in West Virginia, Oklahoma and Arizona, teachers are planning to use a personal day and rally for just one day at the state Capitol. But that doesn’t mean the fight will end on May 16.
“It’s the beginning of a six-month stretch of time to hold our elected leaders accountable for prioritizing corporate tax cuts instead of our classrooms,” the North Carolina Association of Educators said. “The ultimate goal is to elect more pro-public education leaders in North Carolina and to have long-term, sustainable victories.”
A more accurate reading of the NCEA statement would be, ‘The ultimate goal is to elect more Democrats.’
That’s what this is really about – agitating for 2018 midterms and advocating for the policies of the Left. Why else would CNN be pushing it?
“[…]North Carolina also ranks 39th in per-student spending — about $2,313 less per student than the national average of $11,642.
“The lackluster rankings come at the same time that the North Carolina General Assembly has passed massive tax cuts for corporations and the wealthy,” the North Carolina Association of Educators said. “An analysis by the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy finds North Carolina would have $3.5 billion more in annual revenue if lawmakers had not changed the tax system that was in place in 2013.”
See? Rallying for education seems to have quite of overlap with Democrat talking points and class warfare.
To be clear, those ‘massive tax cuts for corporations and the wealthy’ did not come at the expense of education. Education spending and teacher pay has been climbing at one of the fastest paces in the nation, while the Republican-led tax cuts afforded tax breaks to people up and down the income spectrum. They flattened rates, while also jacking up the standard deduction – how is that ‘for the wealthy?’
If there is any remaining doubt that next Wednesday’s teacher walkout is nothuing more than Leftist rabble rousing, here are the demands listed by the NCAE:
- Invest more in spending per student
- Create a multiyear pay plan for teachers, support staff, administrators and all other school personnel.
- Increase the number of school nurses, counselors, social workers and other support personnel and expand Medicaid to improve community health.
- Create a statewide school construction board to fix crumbling schools and reduce large class sizes.
Expand Medicaid? That’s DEFINITELY within the scope of the N.C. Association of Educators – NOT.
So remember when you see complete oversaturation of local news coverage on this teacher walkout and protest next week at the General Assembly that the real story is how the Left has an chameleon-like ability to take up the colors (in this case red) of any victim class movement to push their Big Government agenda.
Read more CNN drivel on the North Carolina teacher strike here.